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RobertoOrtiz
04-12-2005, 06:23 PM
Hi guys,
I been taked to reommend some equipment and I tought I should ask the experts first.

I been tasked in recommending all the audiovisual, computer and technical equipment for a DEMO room of a medium level development shop.

So what would you buy?

-R

Srek
04-12-2005, 06:34 PM
The PC that impressed me most in the last time was a Dual Xeon 3.6 EMT 64 system from HP. It came with all the whistles and bells and was surprisingly silent as well as extremly well build. The price tag for this thing is around $4000-5000.
The screens i like most currently are the 213 Samsung TFTs. They are not realy fast so maybe not realy suited for video work but nice to look.
Cheers
Björn

Joel Hooks
04-12-2005, 06:52 PM
The PCs would be rack mounted in my demo room. Perhaps a high res DLP projector? Aerons all around. Variable indirect lighting. Charcoal paint.

The desk would probably be one of those stylish (expensive) editing workstations with the racks already built in.

ambient-whisper
04-12-2005, 07:12 PM
Hi guys,
I been taked to reommend some equipment and I tought I should ask the experts first.

I been tasked in recommending all the audiovisual, computer and technical equipment for a DEMO room of a medium level development shop.

So what would you buy?

-R

in what kind of timeframe would they need these machines.?

reason i say this is because it might be worth waiting a few months until the double core cpus are released. this would cut the cost of machines by a ton ( when comparing to xeon machines ) because you wouldnt need a double processor based motherboard.

one thing btw that you should recommend is that the hard drives that they get have NCQ included. this doest always make things more efficient, but when it works, it works wonders.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2389&p=8

as far as monitors go. its up to you. i just got a sony SDM-HS95P/S yesterday and the quality is very impressive. much better than the apple cinema screens i used( though the sony is obviousely smaller... very sharp, great contrast. but maybe a tiny bit on the bright side ( though you can adjust that ). i just left it as it was. i also lowered the sharpness from 5 to 4 out of 10, because the difference between my crt and lcd was a bit too much.

its also got a shiny finish on top. some preffer a matte finish, but for me i wanted something closer to my crt. the shiny finish monitors seem ( atleast to my eyes ) to be a tad sharper than the matte finish lcds. ( im comparing by what i saw at the store, and my laptop screen, which is matte ).

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=SDMHS95P%2fS&Dept=computers&CategoryName=cpu_Displays_FlatPanelLCDs_18%22


i agree though. that for a demo room youd probably want a projector or a larger screen. but for general office machines i would personally get something higher quality.
it all depends how much your friend has to spend on the office.

not sure you would need a rackmount for a demo room though. a dual highend opteron system, with scsi drives is more than enough for all your needs.

Joel Hooks
04-12-2005, 07:22 PM
I would want a rack simply for the aesthetics. I would rackmount all of the AV equipment, as well as the computer(s). They aren't outrageously expensive compared to the upper end LianLi or Cooler Master cases, and generally make the environment less cluttered by racking up all the electronics.

Lordiego01
04-12-2005, 07:27 PM
Forget the racks and Opteron computers with 16GB of ram,

the first thing I'd get is a voluptous 22 year old secretary/assistant. With long flowing dark hair.

yeah,

aha.

:bounce:

RobertoOrtiz
04-13-2005, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the replies so far.
I asked my boss for more clarification and he asked for these:


Flat Screen TV(On rolling stand vs. wall mount)
Cable TV connection
Computer Video support (direct and/or via wireless connection)
DVD player
VCR player
I would love to hear your ideas.
-R

Mr. Neutron
04-13-2005, 03:19 PM
I can recommend the Samsung 406W 40" 16:9 LCD tv - it has dvi in so you could pair it up with a dvi dvd player like the HD841 or run a longer dvi cable straight from the computer for a nice all-digital picture. You can wall-mount it if you want, it's only a few inches thick and about 100 pounds.

If you go with a projector also look for a dvi-in. To save a bundle on the screen (to get a better projector), just get some artists' canvas on a frame (the prepared, white ones) from any art store for under $100. It's as good or better than a 'real' screen for $2000-3000 and you can get them in any aspect ratio you like.

macievelli
04-14-2005, 01:14 AM
A large format LCD would work, however, there are some issues with the larger flat screens (LCD or Plasma) that can come back to bite you in the long run. An Alternative is the Samsung HD DLP Projection Sets. They come in 42", 50" and 60". THey are signifigantly cheaper than the LCD or Plasma solutions out there, and MUCH more reliable. The LCD's suffer from burn-in and dead pixels and the plasmas suffer from burn-in, fading and contrast loss as well as degradation over time. The only thing that goes out on these is a bulb, which you can replace. The DLP technology gives you a VERY high contrast which is, IMHO as good if not better than some of the plasmas and certainly better than the LCDs.

I've got a 50" Samsung HD DLP set up in my living room as a client demo presentation system (I never play games or surf porn on it....really....I swear....*cough*). (OK...actually, I did check out an adult site once on here and it was pretty scary in 50" of Hi Def....it was like "attack of the giant *ss!" Not an optimal end-user experience.)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v322/macievelli/coc.jpg

While this is obviously not going to be only 4" thick, it is only 18, and weighs only 70lbs. so it would fit even onto a large shelf or top of a small narrow table against the wall. The cost is only about $2400.00 for this set now.

The best part of it is that it has S Video, Composite and DVI connectors in the back, so you can just plug right in to just about anything.

Projectors are ok, but you have to have the lights off to get a decent image. Ive used them in classrooms and boardrooms, and they generally suck. Based on my input, a $300M client company I work with just bought 4 of these to replace projectors, and they love them.

dvornik
04-14-2005, 03:07 AM
Thanks for the replies so far.
I asked my boss for more clarification and he asked for these:


Flat Screen TV(On rolling stand vs. wall mount)
Cable TV connection
Computer Video support (direct and/or via wireless connection)
DVD player
VCR player
I would love to hear your ideas.
-R


Are you talking about a PC rolling cart with an LCD monitor that can play DVDs, video casettes and cable TV? No 3d, computer graphics or anything?

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